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Jacinda Ardern’s Manus Deal

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 7:08 pm | Annemarie Thorby

Jacinda Ardern’s Manus Deal By Annemarie Thorby Jacinda Ardern’s offer to take 150 refugees from Manus is as nearly as hollow as the US Deal. Claims that the PM, Jacinda Ardern, has made progress on resolving the Manus situation are rubbish. The ... More >>

Italys: Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 5:12 pm | Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud

Anti-BDS Laws and Pro-Israeli Parliament: Zionist Hasbara is Winning in Italy By Romana Rubeo and Ramzy Baroud More >>

Gordon Campbell on the centre right’s love of 'nanny state'

Thursday, 16 November 2017, 11:56 am | Gordon Campbell

L ike clockwork, the old ‘nanny state’ criticism has been wheeled out this week by the National Party and lapped up just as predictably by the mainstream media . More >>

Introducing ScoopPro

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 3:47 pm | Scoop Publishing

ScoopPro is a new offering aimed at ensuring professional users get the most out of Scoop and support us to continue improving it so that Scoop continues to exist as a public service for all New Zealanders. More >>

Expensive Affirmation: Aust Says Yes to Same Sex Marriage

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 3:40 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The overall figure was comfortable, though hardly dashing. 62 percent of Australians (7.82 million) decided that same sex marriage was a perfectly feasible, even desirable notion, while 38 percent (4.87 million) did not. More >>

The Trials of Benjamin Netanyahu

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 2:01 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Whether the string of scandals , now hounding Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, lead to his sacking or not, it matters little. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Saudi Arabia seems out of control

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:42 am | Gordon Campbell

Is This Guy the World’s Most Dangerous Thirtysomething? Saudi Arabia seems out of control by Gordon Campbell First published on Werewolf More >>

Earthworm Gathering Part Three – Meltdown In The Mountains

Wednesday, 15 November 2017, 10:25 am | Alastair Thompson - Earthworm

Publication Postscript 13th November 2017: An explanation is required for why publication of this story was interrupted in September last year. Short answer: I wasn’t ready till now to tell it. More >>

Idiot Voters and Trolling the Internet: Russia and the US

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 5:24 pm | Binoy Kampmark

The program usually pokes fun, riddles and irks a fourth estate that has long given up the chase for verity. Media Watch , after years of weather beaten but reliable service, remains Australia’s only real source of genuine critical comment about ... More >>

Root Causes of Refugee Crisis Need to Be Addressed

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 3:44 pm | CAFCA

The Prime Minister is to be congratulated for trying to do the decent thing by, in her words, “offering to lend a hand” with regards to Australia’s appalling treatment of refugees detained, then abandoned, on Manus Island (not to forget the ... More >>

A Bland Brahms, Vibrant Wagner ... and Sensational Sibelius

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 3:31 pm | Lindsay Perigo

Brahms's Third Symphony is his shortest and quietest. In the hands of Maestro Edo de Waart and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra at the Fowler Centre on Friday night it was altogether too quiet in this reviewer's humble opinion. Maestro says the music ... More >>

The Week Ahead in Parliament

Tuesday, 14 November 2017, 10:49 am | The Scoop Team

Parliament will continue with the Address in Reply Debate this week with MPs making Maiden Speeches and the Government intending to make progress on its Bills. More >>

Troopaganda Eats Its Own Tail

Monday, 13 November 2017, 2:07 pm | David Swanson

First they tell you what to think the wars are for. They’re for protection from evil enemies, for spreading democracy and human rights. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the TPP outcome, and the Hobbit law

Monday, 13 November 2017, 11:55 am | Gordon Campbell

W hen even Justin Trudeau seems willing to abandon you by the wayside, you know you’re in trouble. Yet somehow the Trans Pacific Partnership trade deal has come lurching back from the dead – and as predicted in this column last week, the member ... More >>

Queenstown Airbnb Reform a Good Start But Not Far Enough

Friday, 10 November 2017, 12:20 pm | Joseph Cederwall

The Proposed changes to short-term visitor accommodation rules in the Queenstown Lakes district are a good step in the right direction to ensuring affordable housing for locals and longer-term tourists. More >>

Precinct considers bond offer, lifts first-quarter dividend

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 1:36 pm | BusinessDesk

Precinct Properties New Zealand is considering a seven-year bond offer to repay bank debt. The listed commercial property investor says it is considering making an offer of secured, unsubordinated, fixed-rate seven-year bonds to institutional and New ... More >>

Will Alabama Voters Be Next to Reject 'Trumpism'?

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 12:01 pm | Harvey Wasserman

Tuesday’s gubernatorial elections in the Garden State and the state “for lovers” were soundly won by moderate Democrats. The elections were widely featured in the corporate media as referendums on Donald Trump . More >>

Gordon Campbell on Ardern’s trade battles at APEC

Thursday, 9 November 2017, 11:53 am | Gordon Campbell

R esurrections are rarely pain free. Coming back from the dead changes you – in the Bible, and on Buffy The Vampire Slayer alike. It should therefore come as no surprise that this week’s attempt to resurrect the Trans Pacific Partnership trade ... More >>

A Triumph of Accountancy: The Paradise Papers

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 5:42 pm | Binoy Kampmark

This was another case of the big and the powerful undercutting the tax systems of the world. But could anyone be genuinely surprised at the revelations to come out of the Paradise Papers on the workings of the tax haven industry? More >>

Road and rail freight is complementary

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 3:29 pm | National Road Carriers

Continuing debate about the merits of road versus rail freight is missing the point. More >>

MPs sworn in, Mallard elected Speaker

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 12:29 pm | The Scoop Team

Members of the 52nd Parliament have been sworn in and Labour MP Trevor Mallard elected as Speaker. More >>

Gordon Campbell on the battle over select committees

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 11:16 am | Gordon Campbell

O ver the past 30 years, so many of our economic theories, health, education and law and order policies, and surveillance activities by the state have been imported from the United States. Basically, our politicians – National, Labour and Act – ... More >>

Liar liar pants on fire over animal cruelty

Tuesday, 7 November 2017, 8:47 am | Lynley Tulloch

New Zealand has a reputation for being a nation of animal lovers due to high level of pet ownership and the rural lifestyle of many New Zealanders. However recently in Auckland a duck had fireworks shoved in his beak which were then set alight. He ... More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Why WikiLeaks Was Right

Monday, 6 November 2017, 1:58 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It took some time of muzzling and concealment before the horror, but various Democrats have finally come clean about the Hillary Clinton machine: things were, it seems, rigged, stacked, and doctored. This was the language of Bernie Sanders and Donald ... More >>

Urban #TB hotspots cannot be on blindspot

Monday, 6 November 2017, 9:55 am | Bobby Ramakant

Our governments have committed to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) by 2030 but without concerted action, the promises will barely remain a mirage. For instance, unless social influencers of tuberculosis (TB) get due attention from all ... More >>

Google opens door to New Zealand smart home

Friday, 3 November 2017, 11:12 am | Digitl

Nest, the smart thermostat maker Google acquired in 2014, is the world’s best-known home automation brand. The company is now selling its smart home products and services in New Zealand. More >>

Nokia 3310 - a $100 nostalgia phone with long battery life

Friday, 3 November 2017, 11:05 am | Digitl

Phone nostalgia fans will love the new Nokia 3310 3G. The $100 phone looks like the old Nokia 3310 that was a hit in the first years of the 21st century. More >>

Active wholesale as Chorus tackles wireless challenge

Friday, 3 November 2017, 11:00 am | Digitl

Computerworld New Zealand reports that Chorus says it has moved to 'active wholesale' to stem the loss of customers to rival networks . More >>

Post-Cabinet Press Conference: Home Ownership vs The TPP

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 5:43 pm | Lyndon Hood

Incoming Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern held her first post-cabinet press conference this afternoon,following the second meeting of her cabinet. More >>

Binoy Kampmark: Chaos on Manus Island

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 12:25 pm | Binoy Kampmark

There are standoffs, threats and continuing tensions over the imminent closure of the Manus Island Detention Centre. (The politically palatable term here is “processing centre”.) This closure, instigated by legal ruling by the Papua New Guinea Supreme ... More >>

"This is who we do not want to ever become"

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 11:54 am | Susan Devoy

People who deny the Holocaust took place are many things, but most of all, they are liars. More >>

Gordon Campbell: Devising National’s comeback

Tuesday, 31 October 2017, 10:44 am | Gordon Campbell

How the backroom strategists might be concocting National’s battle plan… More >>

Rach Packs 'Em In!

Monday, 30 October 2017, 3:47 pm | Lindsay Perigo

Wellingtonians fair flocked to the Fowler Friday night to hear the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra in an all-Rachmaninoff programme. They left more rapt with Rach than ever. More >>

U.S. Empire: Not Fade Away

Monday, 30 October 2017, 9:51 am | David Swanson

U.S. Empire: Not Fade Away By David Swanson More >>

Strafing Parliament: Australia’s Citizenship Ruling

Sunday, 29 October 2017, 1:09 pm | Binoy Kampmark

And they fell like ninepins. Weeks of predictions, optimistic readings, and hopeful signs were dashed as the members of the highest court of Australia laid waste to members of Parliament. Citing a section in the Australian constitution that has become ... More >>

TDL shows flat telecommunications growth

Friday, 27 October 2017, 5:39 pm | Digitl

This week the Commerce Commission published its draft numbers for the $50 million Telecommunications Development Levy. In a way the TDL acts as a report card on the shifting fortunes of the main telecommunications companies. More >>

Scoop Coverage: Labour/NZ First/Green Government Formed

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 5:25 pm | Scoop Full Coverage

Press releases, commentary, and reports following the 2017 New Zealand Election, as negotiations concluded with a Labour/New Zealand First coalition government supported by the Green Party. More >>

Across the generational divide in politics

Thursday, 26 October 2017, 12:13 pm | Gordon Campbell

Across the generational divide in politics Most of the criticism of the Ardern government has come from market dinosaurs by Gordon Campbell First Published on Werewolf More >>

Audio: President of Ireland Visits NZ Parliament

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 2:07 pm | Scoop Audio

President of Ireland Michael D. Higgins is currently visiting New Zealand. Pool audio care of Radio New Zealand from this morning's events at Parliament: More >>

Gordon Campbell on the fear of change

Wednesday, 25 October 2017, 12:43 pm | Gordon Campbell

C hange isn’t the same old menu, with merely a better range of desserts. As New Zealand has woken from its nine-year slumber to confront National’s dire legacy of social and economic neglect, the changes involved are going to be extensive. Everything ... More >>

Scoop Audio: Bill English on the Coalition Agreements

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 5:59 pm | The Scoop Team

National Party Leader Bill English spoke to journalists following the signing of agreements to form a Labour/New Zealand First government supported by the Green Party. More >>

Multimedia: Jacinda Ardern and James Shaw Sign Support Deal

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 5:46 pm | The Scoop Team

Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern and Green Party Leader James Shaw today signed an agreement for the Greens to support a Labour-led government. Labour will be in coalition with the New Zealand First Party. More >>

Multimedia: Ardern and Peters Sign Coalition Agreement

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 5:38 pm | The Scoop Team

Labour Leader Jacinda Ardern and New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters today signed a coalition agreement . The parties will form the next government with support on and confidence from the Green Party. More >>

Buddhist-Hindu Cremation for Thailand's King

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 2:11 pm | Richard S. Ehrlich

BANGKOK, Thailand -- Millions of mourners are gathering for the opulent royal cremation on October 25-29 of Thailand's king who had a Golden Death Mask placed over his face and has lain, for the past one year, in a coffin blessed by chanting Buddhist monks ... More >>

Vodafone TV — television in the cloud

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 9:33 am | Digitl

Vodafone CEO Russell Stanners and Sky TV CEO John Fellett at the launch event in Auckland. More >>

Vocus New Zealand on the block as Aussies bail

Tuesday, 24 October 2017, 9:27 am | Digitl

Vocus is preparing its New Zealand assets, which include mobile, broadband, and energy offerings, for sale by June 2018, while also exploring the sale of its 'non-core Australian assets' including datacentres. Source: Vocus to sell New Zealand assets ... More >>

The Trans-Tasman Spat Show: NZ-Aust Tensions

Friday, 20 October 2017, 1:29 pm | Binoy Kampmark

It was an awkward moment for Australia’s foreign minister, Julie Bishop. News had arrived that a New Zealand government had been formed after a lengthy period of deliberation. (The election took place on September 23.) More >>

Racial populism and the 2017 New Zealand General Election

Friday, 20 October 2017, 10:42 am | Ani White

The celebrations among many New Zealand leftists are understandable. After 9 years of Tory brutality, a change of government can feel like a breath of fresh air. However, the morning after the celebrations, we must take stock and critically evaluate the ... More >>

Peters Chooses Labour as Coalition Partner

Thursday, 19 October 2017, 7:40 pm | The Scoop Team

Winston Peters says he will form a Government in coalition with Labour and the Greens giving confidence and supply. More >>

Is Kaiser Bill alive and well in the White House?

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 3:32 pm | Gordon Campbell

T he Passchendaele centenary commemorations were held last week. Amid the military rituals, there was a notable lack of commentary on the imperial platitudes that sent those young soldiers off to kill and be killed. That seems unacceptable, today. Even ... More >>

The Real Reason behind Trump’s Angry Diplomacy in N Korea

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 11:46 am | Ramzy Baroud

To understand the United States’ stratagem in the Pacific, and against North Korea in particular, one has to understand the fundamental changes that are under way in that region. China's clout as an Asian superpower and as a global economic powerhouse ... More >>

The latest mobile phones in perspective

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 9:16 am | Bill Bennett

This year's premium phones are better equipped and more powerful than most PCs. They also tend to be more expensive. More >>

Notes on Nokia's phone comeback

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 9:12 am | Bill Bennett

There's a Nokia 8 phone vibrating on the desk in front of me. Soon I'll write a potted review of my experience with the phone. For now, let's tease you with this: My first impressions are favourable. More >>

Why carriers might want to embrace Commerce Commission study

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 9:08 am | Bill Bennett

Earlier this year Communications Minister Simon Bridges wrote to the Commerce Commission asking it to investigate competition in the mobile market. More >>

Nokia 8 review: Classy midrange pure Android phone

Tuesday, 17 October 2017, 9:06 am | Bill Bennett

The Nokia 8 looks and feels nice enough.It covers all the bases, but is expensive compared with other mid-range Android handsets More >>

What Is Behind the Hamas-Fatah Reconciliation?

Monday, 16 October 2017, 3:07 pm | Ramzy Baroud

Egypt's enthusiasm to arbitrate between feuding Palestinian factions, Hamas and Fatah, is not the outcome of a sudden awakening of conscience. Cairo has, in fact, played a destructive role in manipulating Palestinian division to its favor, while keeping ... More >>

Why Are Military Exercises Being Held in Local Communities?

Monday, 16 October 2017, 12:56 pm | Barbara Creswell

Why Are Military Exercises Being Held in Local Communities? Tuesday 10 October 2017 — Opinion piece Barbara Creswell Residents in Tasman-Buller question the New Zealand Defence Force’s judgement in staging more huge ‘war games’ in their townships. ... More >>

Manus Deadline Looms: opinion

Monday, 16 October 2017, 12:52 pm | Jane Salmon

Festival of the Dead, Halloween, is also the literal deadline for the Manus men still at Lombrun RPC. More >>

What About Weinstein’s Public Offenses?

Friday, 13 October 2017, 9:41 am | David Swanson

Harvey Weinstein, I’ve just read, is “the disgraced Pulp Fiction producer.” But isn’t someone who encourages millions of people to think of murder and torture as super cool and fun already pre-disgraced? Doesn’t he arrive in the locked office ... More >>

Big Batteries: Elon Musk and Powering South Australia

Thursday, 12 October 2017, 1:49 pm | Binoy Kampmark

At the end of last month, Tesla boss Elon Musk held a party in South Australia’s mid-north. It seemed premature, but Musk was typically confident. Construction on what will be the world’s most powerful lithium ion battery was going well. More >>